Integrated biorefinery

Thermochemical processing of biomass through pyrolysis requires the use of expensive catalysts that are quickly deactivated by chemical fouling. The Thermochemical technologies team focuses on advanced nanomaterials-based membranes, sorbents, and catalysts for selective removal of target component(s) from thermochemical (TC) streams of interest by applying selective separations and/or reactive separations to enhance TC processing economics.

Tasks include:

  • Molecular removal technology for pre-processing of liquid bio-oils
  • Integrated dewatering technology for TC aqueous streams
  • Reactive membrane processing intensification (in situ water separation during alcohol dehydration reaction)
  • Catalytic hot gas filtration